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Does It Matter What You Eat or Drink Before Bed?

If you suddenly find yourself craving food or drink right before you head to bed, one expert suggests you steer clear of big meals and caffeine.

"From a sleep standpoint, you shouldn't eat a big meal at 8 p.m. if you plan to go to bed at 9 p.m. If you are sensitive to caffeine, I would say to stop drinking it around noon," said

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  • May 19, 2024
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  • Could Having 'Skinny' Fat Cells Encourage Weight Gain?

    “Skinny” fat cells might actually make it harder to lose weight and easier to pack on extra pounds, a new study says.

    Researchers say it’s possible to predict if someone’s going to gain weight based solely on the size of their fat cells.

    People with large fat cells tend to lose weight over time, and those with small fat cells tend to gain weight, according to a Swedish study...

    More Data Suggests 'Ultraprocessed' Foods Can Shorten Your Life

    People who eat large amounts of ultra-processed foods have a slightly higher risk of premature death than those who mostly shun the industrially produced eats, a new 30-year study says.

    Those who ate the most ultra-processed foods – an average of seven servings a day – had a 4% higher risk of death overall, and a 9% higher ...

    How Long Does Marijuana THC Linger in Breast Milk?

    New mothers who like to smoke marijuana might wind up exposing their babies to THC through their own breast milk, a new study says.

    THC, the intoxicating compound in cannabis, dissolves in the fats contained in human milk, researchers found.

    Mother’s milk produced by weed users always had detectable amounts of THC, even when the mothers had abstained for 12 hours,

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  • May 9, 2024
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  • Even Skipping Meat for One Meal Helps Liver Disease Patients

    Advanced liver cirrhosis can push levels of ammonia in the blood to hazardous levels, but skipping meat at mealtime can help reverse that, new research shows.

    “It was exciting to see that even small changes in your diet, like having one meal without meat once in a while, could benefit your liver by lowering harmful ammonia levels in patients with cirrhosis,” said study lead author

    Day Care Pick-Up Often Involves Sugary Snacks, Study Finds

    Giving your kid a drink, snack or small bag of fast food on the way home from day care might distract them during a busy commute, but it’s not doing their daily diet any favors, a new study warns.

    The hour after kids are picked up from day care stands ...

    New School Lunch Rules Target Added Sugars, Salt

    School lunches will soon contain less added sugars and salt under new nutrition standards announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.

    “We all share the goal of helping children reach their full potential,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release announcing the changes. “Like teachers, cl...

    Emulsifier Chemicals Are Everywhere in Foods. Could They Raise Diabetes Risk?

    Emulsifiers -- substances that are essential ingredients in processed foods -- appear to increase people’s risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study finds.

    In fact, the more emulsifiers that people eat as part of their food, the higher their risk of type 2 diabetes, resea...

    Many Parents Cook Special Meals for Little Picky Eaters: Poll

    Parents too often wave the white flag when it comes to young picky eaters, a new survey finds.

    Three out of five parents say they’re willing to play personal chef and cobble up a separate meal for a child who balks at the family dinner, according to a national poll from the University of Michigan.

    This often leads to the kids munching something less healthy, said

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  • April 22, 2024
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  • Calories, Not Meal Timing, Key to Weight Loss: Study

    A head-to-head trial of obese, pre-diabetic people who ate the same amount of daily calories -- with one group following a fasting schedule and the other eating freely -- found no difference in weight loss or other health indicators.

    So, despite the fact that fasting diets are all the rage, if you simply cut your daily caloric intake,

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  • April 19, 2024
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  • Why Healthy Eating Is Key for Breast Cancer Survivors

    Eating healthy can lower the risk of heart disease in breast cancer survivors, a new study has found.

    Heart disease is a top cause of death in women who've survived breast cancer, likely due to the toxic effects of chemo, radiation and targeted cancer thera...

    Seafood Can Pass on PFAS 'Forever Chemicals,' Study Finds

    Cancer-linked 'forever chemicals' made news this week, with the Biden Administration vowing to cut levels in the nation's tap water.

    New research finds that the chemicals, known as PFAS, can also contaminate the seafood Americans eat.

    No one i...

    Most Folks With Heart Disease Consume Too Much Salt

    Cutting back on sodium is crucial to treating heart disease, but most heart patients aren't able to limit their salt intake, a new study finds.

    On average, people with heart disease consume more than double the daily recommended amount of salt, researchers report.

    Sodium is essential for human health, but taking in too much can raise blood pressure, which damages blood vessels and f...

    Could Deep Frying Foods Harm the Brain? Rat Study Suggests It Might

    Fried foods not only wreck the waistline, but they could also be harming the brain, a new study of lab rats suggests.

    Fed chow that was fried in sesame or sunflower oil, the rodents developed liver and colon problems that wound up affecting their brain health, researchers found.

    These brain health effects not only were found in the lab rats that munched down the fried food, but also...

    Survey Finds Americans Conflicted About Plant-Based Diets

    Most folks know they'd be healthier if they ate more plant-based foods, but only a quarter are willing to follow through and do it, a new study shows.

    Surveys reveal that Americans' beliefs about eating more plants for health are often at odds with their daily dietary choices, researchers say.

    Yes, You Should Clean That Water Bottle, and Here's How

    Does your water bottle only get washed once or twice a week -- or even less?

    Time to switch things up: Even a day or two without washing can encourage the growth of unhealthy germs in the average water bottle, one expert said. 

    And, "yes, you could get sick," warned  Dr. Yuriko Fukuta, an infectious diseas...

    Sodas, Fruit Juices Raise Boys' Odds for Type 2 Diabetes

    WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2024 -- Boys who drink lots of sugary soda and fruit juice could be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study has found.

    Each daily 8-ounce serving of sugary drinks during a boy's childhood is associated with a 34% increase ...

    Household Foods Get Less Healthy as Babies Age Into Toddlers

    Over the first few years of a child's life, foods found in a family's fridge and cupboards tends to get less healthy, new research shows.

    “We found significant changes in several food categories over time," said study lead author Jennifer Barton. "Food items such as non-whole grains, processed meats, savory snacks, candy and micr...

    Eating Healthy Slows 'Aging Clock,' Helping to Shield Your Brain From Dementia

    Scientists have long noticed that folks who eat healthy have healthier brains as they age, including lowered odds for dementia.

    Now, researchers believe they know why: Regimens like the heart-healthy Mediterranean or DASH diets appear to slow biological aging, helping to protect the brain.

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    Look to Your Parents for Your Odds of Obesity: Study

    Folks worried about becoming flabby in middle age should check out what their parents looked like when they were that age, a new study says.

    People are six times more likely to become obese in middle age if both their parents were chubby during that time of their lives, according to research to be present...

    Could a Meal With Refined Carbs Make You Less Attractive?

    Put down that donut and lay off the pasta: New research finds you're less sexy after gorging on refined carbs.

    French researchers presented heterosexual adults with photos of an opposite-sex person who two hours earlier had eaten a breakfast rich in refined carbohydrates.

    Participants rated the folks in the photos as less attractive compared to people who'd eaten a healthier breakf...

    Sugary or Diet Sodas Could Raise Your Odds for A-fib

    Sipping sodas – sugary or diet – seems to slightly increase a person's risk of developing a potentially dangerous irregular heart rhythm, a new study shows.

    Folks had a 20% greater risk of atrial fibrillation if they drank two liters or more of artificially sweetened beverages each week, researchers reported March 5 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmi...

    Breastfeeding 101: Tips for New Moms

    There's a host of studies supporting the numerous ways breastfeeding helps baby's development -- and the health of mothers, too. 

    However, too many women are hesitant to start breastfeeding or stick with it if they do, according to Nadine Rosenblum, a perinatal lactation program coordinator at Johns Hopkins Hospital...

    Over 1 Billion People Are Now Obese Worldwide

    FRIDAY, March 1, 2024 (HealthDay news) -- More than 1 billion adults and children around the world are now obese, a new global analysis estimates.

    Nearly 880 million adults now are living with obesity, as well as 159 million children, according to the report published Feb. 29 in The Lancet journal.

    Obesity rates for kids and teenagers quadrupled worldwide between 1990 and 2...

    Vaping, Skipping Breakfast Ups Headache Risk for Teens

    Vaping and skipped meals appear to be the main causes of frequent headaches among teens, a new study says.

    Teens who ate breakfast and dinner with their family had a lower risk of frequent headaches than those who regularly missed meals, researchers report Feb. 28 in the journal Neurology.

    Meanwhile, vaping also was associated with frequent headaches for those 12 to 17, res...

    'Ultra-Processed' Foods Harm Your Health in More Than 30 Different Ways

    Ultra-processed foods can cause dozens of terrible health problems among people who eat them too often, a new review warns.

    Researchers linked diets high in ultra-processed foods to an increased risk of 32 separate illnesses. In particular, these foods are strongly tied to risk with early death, heart disease, cancer, mental health disorders, overweight and obesity, and type 2 diabetes, r...

    Say Goodbye to PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging: FDA

    PFAS "forever" chemicals, increasingly linked to health risks, will no longer be added to food packaging handled by American consumers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

    "Grease-proofing materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances [PFAS] are no longer being sold for use in food packaging in the U.S.,"

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  • Fast-Food Outlets, Bars Aren't Great Neighbors for Your Heart

    Living close to a pub, bar or fast-food restaurant doesn't do your heart any favors, a new study finds.

    Folks who live in close proximity to such establishments have a higher risk of heart failure, compared to those who live farther away, researchers report in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure

    These findings weren't a complete surprise, said...

    Junk Food Ups Colon Cancer Risk, But Most Americans Don't Know It

    Junk food increases people's risk of colon cancer, as well as alcohol, lack of exercise and obesity.

    Unfortunately, many Americans don't know about these risk factors for colon cancer, a new survey has found.

    Colon and rectal cancers have been rising in people under 50 for two decades, researchers said, meaning that many develop the cancer before screening colonoscopies are recommen...

    Mercury Levels in Tuna Haven't Budged Since 1971

    Mercury levels in tuna haven't changed since 1971, despite efforts to reduce emissions of the toxic metal into the environment, researchers report.

    Their analysis of nearly 3,000 tuna samples caught in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans between 1971 and 2022 revealed stable mercury concentrations in tuna during those five decades.

    The research team specifically looked at the tr...

    Cutting Out Meat Might Help Prevent Snoring: Study

    A person's diet can influence their risk of obstructive sleep apnea, a new study says.

    Those who eat a healthy plant-based diet rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains and nuts are less likely to suffer sleep apnea, according to findings published Feb. 20 in the journal ERJ Open Research.

    On the other hand, people wh...

    Salt Substitutes Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

    Replacing regular salt with a salt substitute can reduce high blood pressure in older adults, a new study has found.

    Older adults who use a salt substitute are 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure compared to those who use regular salt, according to findings published Feb. 12 in the Journal of the American College...

    You Probably Can't 'Exercise Away' the Calories in Sodas: Study

    Don't expect to sweat away the heart risks posed by sugary sodas and drinks, a new study warns.

    Canadian researchers found that even if the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity protects against cardiovascular disease, it's not enough to counter the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

    “Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease associated ...

    Healthy Living Builds 'Cognitive Reserve' in Brain That May Prevent Dementia

    New research suggests healthy lifestyles can help stave off dementia, perhaps by building a resilient 'cognitive reserve' in the aging brain.

    The study was based on the brain autopsies on 586 people who lived to an average of almost 91. Researchers compared each person's lifestyle and end-of-life mental skills to their neurological signs of dementia, such as brain protein plaques or chang...

    Baby's Diet Could Cut Lifetime Odds for Crohn's, Colitis

    Toddlers are famously picky eaters, but parents may be doing their young child's future gut a huge favor if they insist on a healthy diet.

    New research shows that toddlers who eat plenty of fish and vegetables, and precious few sugary drinks, are less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by the time they are teenagers. IBD includes conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulce...

    Tomato Juice May Help Kill Off the Typhoid Bacteria

    The bacteria behind typhoid, a major killer of children in the developing world, could be vulnerable to something as simple as tomato juice, new research suggests.

    Typhoid is caused by the Salmonella Typhi bacterium, and is usually contracted from contaminated food or beverages. Its symptoms include nausea, fever and abdominal pain. Left untreated, the disease can prove fatal.

    Daily Multivitamin Might Help Aging Brains

    A daily multivitamin could help people keep their brains healthy as they age, a new trial finds.

    Results suggest taking multivitamins could help prevent memory loss and slow cognitive aging among older adults, researchers report in the Jan. 18 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutritio...

    Getting Protein From Plant-Based Foods Might Extend Women's Lives

    Women who consume more plant-based protein tend to age more gracefully, a new study reports.

    Women with diets rich in protein -- especially from plant-based sources -- develop fewer chronic diseases and enjoy healthier aging overall, researchers report in the Jan. 17 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    Overall, women who ate more plant-based protein were 46...

    Soy, Nuts, Beans May Help Prevent Breast Cancer's Return

    Women who've survived breast cancer may want to up their dietary intake of soy, nuts, beans and whole grains, a new analysis finds.

    A higher intake of soy compounds called isoflavones was especially tied to better odds that cancer would not return, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and elsewhere.

    The findings can't yet determine the ideal dosages of i...

    Getting School Kids Gardening Pays Off for Eating Habits

    Tending a garden can help young kids develop healthy attitudes about food that will influence their health years later, a new study says.

    Kids who participated in a gardening and food education program during elementary school were more likely to eat healthier as they grew up, researchers found.

    “Kids who grow vegetables in a school garden and learn how to prepare meals seem to sh...

    Meat-Free Diet Could Cut Your Risk for COVID

    Vegetarian diets have been tied to a variety of health benefits -- lower blood pressure, better blood sugar control and weight loss among them.

    Now a new study suggests those benefits might even extend to a person's ability to ward off COVID-19.

    A predominantly plant-based diet is linked to 39% lower odds of contracting COVID, according to a report in BMJ Nutrition Prevention an...

    Here's the Ideal Salad for Men on Long Spaceflights

    A tasty vegetarian salad could be the fresh meal that fuels a space flight to Mars, a new study contends.

    Researchers came up with the salad while searching for the optimal “space meal” that would supplement prepackaged foods on long voyages between planets.

    The salad contains soybeans, poppy seeds, barley, kale, peanuts, sweet potato, and sunflower seeds, according to a report ...

    Could Artificial Sweeteners Alter Your Microbiome?

    You may think that artificial sweeteners can help you lose some weight, but a new study finds they are no good for your gut's microbiome.

    People who use aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet'N Low), or stevia leaf extract tended to have intestinal bacteria colonies that differed significantly from those of people who didn't use sugar substitutes, researchers found.

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    Healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids Could Slow a Deadly Lung Disease

    A diet laden with omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts and oily fish might help slow the progression of pulmonary fibrosis, researchers report.

    Pulmonary fibrosis is a relentless, potentially fatal disease where lung tissue scars and hardens over time. Often tied to smoking, the illness impairs lung function so that patients become short of breath, weak and disabled.

    The new study was ...

    America's Doctors Offer 10 Health Resolutions as You Start a New Year

    Still weighing whether to make a New Year's resolution? Or perhaps regretting letting your healthy habits slide during the holidays?

    Either way, the American Medical Association (AMA) has ten recommendations to help Americans improve their health in 2024.

    “It is quite common after the holidays to think about all you've eaten or your reduced physical activity and get discouraged,�...

    Put Down That Salt Shaker to Spare Your Kidneys

    Folks who habitually add an extra sprinkle of salt to their meals are doing no favors for their kidneys, new research confirms.

    The finding held even after researchers accounted for other health issues, such as being overweight, not exercising or smoking and/or drinking.

    The bottom line: "Adding salt to foods is associated with increased risk of chronic kidney disease in the general...

    Going Low-Carb? Avoid Meat to Keep the Weight Off Long-Term

    New research offers yet more evidence that veggies, whole grains and low-fat dairy products are good for you in the long run.

    "Our study goes beyond the simple question of, 'To carb or not to carb?'" said lead study author Binkai Liu, a research assistant in the nutrition department at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Healt...

    Even a Little Less Carb Intake Can Help Folks With Type 1 Diabetes

    It may not take as strict a diet as thought to keep type 1 diabetes under control: New Swedish research shows that a moderate low-carb diet still helped people with type 1 diabetes stick to blood-sugar targets.

    "The study shows that a moderate low-carbohydrate diet lowers the average blood sugar level and that more patients can keep their blood sugar within the target range, which is cons...

    Christmas Dinner Items That Bring the Gift of Health

    Christmas dinners aren't usually known for healthy offerings, and instead bring to mind thoughts of Uncle Fred loosening his belt after a third round of helpings.

    But there are traditional offerings that can be healthy, if prepared in the proper way, researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom report.

    For example, Brussels sprouts contain glucosinolates, which can aid ...

    Is a Gluten-Free Diet Right for You?

    Chances are you know at least one person who's given up eating gluten. Maybe you've even given it up yourself. But who can really benefit from a gluten-free diet?

    "Gluten is one of the main proteins found in wheat, barley and rye," said Dr. Joseph Levy, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone, in New York City. "It's actually a group of proteins and...